I have a confession to make. My sweet tooth often makes decisions for me. Case and point is this tea. After I read the name of the tea – Birthday Cake – I knew it wouldn’t be long until I was purchasing some of it. What can I say? They had me at ‘cake’.
This is a really pretty blend: Black Tea leaves tossed with yellow, red and blue flower petals (marigold, safflowers, and cornflowers). And… it does taste a bit like cake … or rather, it tastes like cake dipped in black tea.
And that is a good thing, indeed! The tea is smooth and medium-bodied with a light astringency. It does not overwhelm the cake-like flavors, which are sweet and soft with a delicate vanilla-y, buttery essence. While the flavors are sweet and soft, they still manage to taste quite creamy and rich – just like a birthday cake!
52Teas describes this tea as
We had a special request for this a while back. It has taken me a while to come up with a blend that I’m satisfied with, but here’s a special treat for anyone who likes birthday cake (and really, who doesn’t?).
I have really been enjoying this blend. It is not an overwhelming, over-the-top sweetness (like the kind of birthday cake you might buy from a grocery store bakery), it’s more of a gentle, very pleasant sweetness (like the birthday cake grandma baked).
I added a small amount of agave nectar to this blend (as I do with almost every flavored tea) to enhance the flavors – and it did. However, it is a pleasant enough tea without the sweetener, should you wish to go without sweetener. Milk or cream intensifies the creamy flavor of this tea.
And the best thing about this tea? You can indulge in birthday cake at breakfast time, and even have a second helping without feeling guilty!